Jeannine Wagner is the newest
talent to emerge from a family of gifted artists. Her
grandfather was a distinguished organist, her mother is a
noted painter and her father was the legendary choral
conductor Roger Wagner. At her father's direction, she
received musical training in piano, voice, viola and
conducting. She studied with such luminaries as Lotte
Lehmann, Helmuth Rilling, Daniel Lewis, Herbert Blomstedt
and Erich Leinsdorf. Ms. Wagner received her formal
training from such notable institutions as Loyola
Marymount University, UCLA, California State University
Fullerton (CSUF) and the University of Southern
For ten years Ms. Wagner served as Assistant Director of
the Los Angeles Master Chorale and had the honor of
preparing masterworks for such prominent conductors as
Eugene Ormandy, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta and
Michael Tilson Thomas.
Before assuming leadership of the Roger Wagner Chorale in
1988, Ms. Wagner traveled as a chorister and soloist with
the Chorale on tours throughout the United States,
Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and
Japan. In October of 2000, she will successfully begin
her fifth tour of Japan as conductor with projected
bookings for the Chorale in 2002.
Locally, the Roger Wagner Chorale performed the
celebration concert for the 50th Anniversary of KBS
(Korean Broadcasting). Its latest CD, Quilting an
American Christmas, was recently featured on The First
Art syndicated radio program.
Grounded in early music, Ms. Wagner has also applied her
talent to new and unusual repertoire, including premieres
of Steve Reich and Krzysztof Penderecki. Among her myriad
of credits as a singer and consultant in the motion
picture industry is her work with Steven Spielberg and
John Williams in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom,
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Empire of the Sun,
Hook and Jurassic Park.
Ms. Wagner was engaged in 1997 as chorus master and
assistant conductor by Sakai City Opera for its
production of Carmen and in 1999 returned to Osaka, Japan
as guest conductor for the annual concert of the
Matsushita Company Choir.
Other credits for Ms. Wagner include: Chorus master for
Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chorus master for the Los Angeles
Opera Theatre, Co-founder and Co-director of I Cantori,
and participation in over 55 motion picture and
television soundtracks. Ms. Wagner has held teaching
positions, most notably for the California Institute of
the Arts, California State University, Los Angeles, as
the Los Angeles Music Center's Consultant to the Wiseburn
School District, Immaculate Heart College, University of
California, Los Angeles, California Institute of
Technology and Los Angeles City Schools.
In addition to being the Founder and Director of the
Ensemble, Ms. Wagner serves as Director of both the St.
Francis de Sales Choir and the Roger Wagner Chorale.